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Comedian poised for Guatemala presidency

Monday, October 26, 2015 - 01:03

A former TV funnyman who's never held political office sweeps to power in Guatemala's presidential polls. Paul Chapman reports.

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Heard the one about the ex-television comic who's never held political office but stood for president anyway? Guatemalans have...former TV funnyman Jimmy Morales is about to become the country's new president after a landslide win. His victory in Sunday's run-off vote is an indication of voter distrust of the political establishment. Morales was a household name in Guatemala after 14 years appearing on a popular TV comedy show which he quit last year. It appears the voters were undaunted by his lack of political experience and some policy ideas many consider eccentric. They include promises to give smartphones to children, and electronically tag teachers to make sure they attend classes. What's less clear is how he'll tackle the country's gang violence, or stem the flow of migrants to the U.S. Morales' predecessor Otto Perez resigned last month just ahead of the first round of voting after allegations of involvement in a multi-million dollar customs fraud.

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Comedian poised for Guatemala presidency

Monday, October 26, 2015 - 01:03